Genetic factors

Nicole had difficulty reading; even the blackboard was hard to see. She had learning difficulties, her self-esteem was poor, and kids excluded her. Eventually one teacher became suspicious and suggested to her parents that she have an eye test. Once she was given glasses, her schoolwork improved and she learnt how to stop being bullied.

You can be targeted because you were born different. Being physically handicapped, clumsy, small or tall, having a different skin colour, unusual behaviours (e.g. a twitch or a stutter), scoliosis, eczema or epilepsy, crooked teeth, a big nose, bad eyesight, other health problems, and giftedness are some genetic factors that attract bullying. Or you could have been born more jealous or aggressive and have little empathy for vulnerable or indulged children.

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